Organised, hardworking, enthusiastic, friendly yet driven, ginger yet handsome, Chartered Transport Planner and Qualified Road Safety Auditor.
I simply continue to do what I enjoy doing! I always loved Geography at school, and when I finished my A-levels in my home town of Cleethorpes, I continued studying the subject at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.
Like a lot of Geographers, I left University not having a clue what I wanted to do. I secured two interviews; one for Tesco's in Hertfordshire as part of their store location team, and I got down to the final two for a trainee accountant role back home in Grimsby (dodged a bullet there me thinks; life would have been incredibly different!). I then stumbled across one of the few companies at the time who actually advertised for Geography graduates; Mouchel, also based in Hertfordshire (a stint darn sarf must have been meant to be!).
I attended an interview to join their Sustainable Transport Projects team; Mouchel having never employed a Geographer before, and myself not having a clue as to whether it'd be something that suited me. I left them a report which I had produced whilst at Uni looking at ways to minimise car traffic in the centre of Newcastle, and got offered the job the next day. That must be why I recently stumbled across a badge made by my Dad when I was four which says 'Paul Wilson; Car Parking Attendant'!
Further to the above, I left the 'delights' of Hertfordshire after a year (too expensive, too dull, and not being stretched enough in my burgeoning career) to head a little further back up north. Whilst I didn't know Nottingham too well, limited mainly to trips to the City Ground and Meadow Lane to watch by beloved Grimsby Town Football Club (aaahh, the days when we used to face such 'huge' clubs.....), I fancied giving it a try.
Out of the frying pan, into the fire, I secured a job at HSL. Having managed to hold on dearly for life for two rollercoaster years, I uploaded my CV one evening, and at 8am the following morning I had a call from a recruitment agent asking if I fancied attending an interview with Dave Cummins at BWB. That was over 10 and half years ago; the rest, as they say, is history.....
Whilst I've enjoyed working on a cracking variety of projects at BWB, and I get equal satisfaction from seeing even the smallest projects obtain planning consent and be developed at times, Nottingham Eastside will always stand out.
At the time it was the biggest project outside of London; a £900m redevelopment of the vacant large piece of land to the east of our Nottingham office, and unfortunately it merely proved to be a pipedream and one of the finest examples of the pre-recession bubble. However, at the time, what with it being one of the first projects that I worked on at BWB, which continued for a number of years, it was exciting!
I played a key role in helping obtain planning consent for the scheme from a highways perspective, was provided with the opportunity to mix it with Clients, fellow professionals, colleagues in other departments at BWB, and local highway officers alike. Further, there weren't half some messy night outs, at a time when I could just about still hack it!
When I'm not being kept out of trouble by my young family (I have two beautiful girls; one nearly four and the other only a few weeks old) I enjoy keeping fit - particularly running.
I love visiting new places with friends and family. As intimated above, I ardently support Grimsby Town Football Club, and regularly watch football matches, visiting football grounds throughout the UK and Europe. I completed 'the 92' in 2006 and have now watched football matches at over 175 grounds. Travelling to such places allows me and my pals, when it's a designated lad's trip, to indulge in my relatively recent love of real ale, trying different beers from far and wide!
Hopefully reminiscing on a recent trip to South America with my best mate (and potentially one or two other characters from home), having watched Boca Juniors at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, and another football match at the Maracana in Rio, to celebrate our 40th birthdays.